Give Away! They Drew As They Pleased: Volume 2

91KbiZ9ZxJLDidier Ghez is back with another beautiful volume of They Drew As They Pleased. As he revealed in our last interview, this volume focuses on the 1940’s and Disney’s musical years. Featured artists include Kay Nielsen, Sylvia Holland, Retta Scott, and David Hall. These books will inspire in equal measure, both the Disney history buff and the animation enthusiast that merely buys these books for the art. Either way, there’s no shortage of inspiration within. To celebrate the release, Chronicle Books is giving away a copy to one lucky On Animation reader. All you have to do to be eligible is follow us Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or Pinterest and share this post. A winner will be chosen Friday, September 9th. Good luck!

Update: Didier was on Marketplace talking about this period in Disney history and the release of his new book.  Continue reading below for a sneak peek at the variety of art work in this volume.
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The Art of Loish

I finally got around to checking out my copy of The Art of Loish, which was crowd-funded last September. This is a beautiful volume. 3D Total has done a fantastic job with the format and printing. Loish takes us on a journey from of her early days discovering drawing to her freelance client work and major projects, with stops in-between for tips, tutorials, and work in progress progressions. It’s an inspiring glimpse into the process and personality of a very talented artist. I highly recommend this book.


Give Away – The Art of Zootopia

The Art of Zootopia will be released soon, and we have one copy to give away to our readers. To qualify for the draw, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, and Retweet or Share the news! The winner will be announced here on Friday! Good luck🙂


‘Before Ever After’ is an Incredible Glimpse Into the Origins of Disney Animation

beforeeverI have been meaning to write about this book for a while now, but I’m short on time these days so I’ll keep this brief. Buy this book! It’s an incredible tome of animation knowledge and history. It’s everything that inspired me to start learning about animation: the passion for the craft, the sense of discovery and learning, the drive to push your work further, and so much more. Before Ever After puts you there, in the room, with the artists that shaped this medium into what it is today as they learned from top talent both inside and outside the studio. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I just hope Don Hahn can release further volumes for us to consume. Check out the official website for the full synopsis.


Give Away – The Nine Old Men by Andreas Deja

Update: Congrats to the winner, Brian Roy! Please contact us to claim your prize!

I want to thank every one for their continued support of On Animation over the past year. Traffic continues to surge, and it’s wonderful to hear and read all the amazing feedback I’ve received online and at animation conferences around the world. To kick off 2016, On Animation is giving away a copy of Andreas Deja’s new book, The Nine Old Men. Be sure to check out my review.


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Giveaway: Cartoon Character Animation with Maya

Update: Congratulations to the winner, Jyreme Mcmillon! Please contact us to claim your book.🙂

9781474238588Bloomsbury Publishing was nice enough to send us a copy of Cartoon Character Animation with Maya: Mastering the Art of Exaggerated Animation by Keith Osborn. Keith is a veteran animator with a flair for the cartoony. We’ve featured his work on the blog before. It comes as no surprise that he has written a book on what he does best: cartoon animation. I’m personally more inclined to animate something cartoony than subtle/dramatic. When I first tried this as a student, I quickly realized how technically challenging it can be to create smears, multiples, and other such staples of cartoony animation in CG. Technically, it’s much easier to draw it. Rigs then and even today, especially free/student ones (with the exception of a few), aren’t built to support this kind of animation.

Enter Cartoon Character Animation with Maya. This book breaks down everything you need to know about cartoon animation quickly and concisely. It covers a lot of technical hangups of Maya, explains the animation techniques in depth, and provides real world examples for study and practice. Additionally, the book’s companion website includes a ton of supplementary material and resources. Keith shows his personal workflow and how he adjusts it for different scenarios. He walks you through creating exciting poses from thumbnails, and subsequently how to pose them out efficiently in Maya. The book also covers a few third party plugins that help you get the most out of your rig and really push it. I wish this book was around when I was a student. I had a chance to read through it over the holidays and I highly recommend it.

On Animation will be giving away one copy to a lucky follower. All you have to do to be eligible to win is follow us on Facebook or Twitter and share this post. Good luck!